a few drafts for new exhibition in 2022
For one of my exhibitions, which will be shown in Vienna next year, I chose the topic around Covid-19. I think this is a subject that might be of some interest. We all suffered and still suffer from it in one form or another and so I thought that it might be of interest to see how a painter experienced the time, but above all how he implemented the phenomenon artistically.
I have already finished some works that I am basically quite satisfied with. But now I would like to start another series. The subtopic of the matter is isolation. (Without wanting to go into more detail, I have to admit that I have isolated myself to a hardly comparable degree.) For this series I did some preliminary work and before I start “upgrading” this work like an idiot, I have a question. The question is not: do you like these designs?
The question is: Do you associate these drafts with Corona? (As I said, these are just drafts that I probably won’t continue working on, but the end products should reflect this idea).
I think Corona is an exciting phenomenon. It’s an abstract thing – you can’t see it or touch it – but at the same time it’s so concrete that none of us can escape it.
So I wanted to approach the topic in such a way that I treat it in an abstract way, but present the associated phenomena in a “tangible” way. In the designs shown here by creating 2 rooms, the inner world (not shown and to be created by the viewer) and the outer world, the omnipresent threat. These two worlds are separated by a level (in these cases a kind of blind, in other drafts I used curtains). Later on I will let the two worlds merge.
In no case do I want to make it too obvious or too hysterical. Ideally, the work should have a poetic touch or reveal the threatening in the pleasing or everyday.
The picture on the left with its Chinese characters is already too overdrawn – the picture on the left is maybe too weak for this purpose.
The fundamental question that arises for me, however, is whether the viewer even associates the works with covid-19 and the associated threat or danger. If that’s not the case, my whole approach doesn’t really make sense. Your opinion on this would certainly help me.
As a side effect of the new test series, a new series apart from Corona could perhaps emerge, as in this draft.
Be that as it may, I think the effects of my isolation are very noticeable and so I have decided to fly to Cyprus in a few days to spend a relaxed week and cure myself with sun, beach and good food. It’s a good resort there with outdoor restaurants and in the off-season the risk of infection should be very low. Of course I’m vaccinated twice anyway.
If you haven’t checked recently, I have revised my catalog and added new works: gestural painting